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It's a scam! Cops not asking you for cash

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North Bay Police Service

Local police say victims are receiving fraudulent calls from scammers claiming to be representatives of the North Bay Police Service or the North Bay Police Association and are asking for significant cash donations.

The scammers claim they can send documentation about the donations to the victim’s address in order to receive payment.

"Neither the North Bay Police Service nor the North Bay Police Association are collecting donations for any cause at this time," says a news release. "These calls are not from an official representative of the Police Service or the Association."

If you get one of these calls, hang up and block the number. If you received a call or made a donation, report the incident to the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555.

In order to protect yourself from fraud over the phone or online, when you receive a call, text, or e-mail that you think could be a scam, remember to always:

TAKE 5 – Scammers will try to pressure you into making a decision or purchase with claims of “Limited-time offers,” and “One-time deals.” Separate yourself from the person and take at least five minutes to think about whether or not you are being scammed. If a deal seems “Too good to be true,” it probably is.

TELL 2 – If someone has tried to scam you, tell two people. Education is the best form of prevention and if we tell two friends we can all do our part in preventing frauds.